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Laudable effort to save Sukhna

The Tribune investigation “Sukhna is dying, save it” (June 3) by Sanjeev Singh Bariana and Smriti Sharma Vasudeva is a commendable effort. Weeds, seeds and silt are the inseparable parasites of water bodies i.e. lakes and ponds. There is no mechanism to free water bodies from silt and weeds. These can be minimised but not stopped. Sukhna Lake is not merely a water body of the city. It is the lifeline of the city. It is a paradise for the morning and evening walkers of the city.

The major problem of the receding water levels is due to the neglect of maintenance of catchment areas, which fall under Haryana. The de-silting of the catchment areas is more important than de-silting the lake. There has to be extensive forestation and plantation of grass in the catchment areas to check soil erosion in the lake. It has been also experienced that the lake is being exploited commercially. De-silting work must be taken up on a priority basis with the help of neighbouring states of Punjab and Haryana. The government should act fast to revive this lake. Sukhna must survive.


Regret: The Tribune deeply regrets the inadvertent use of the prefix ‘late’ before the name of Chandrababu Naidu in the edit page article, “Politics of corruption” published on Friday (June 4). 


The Tribune team has done stupendous work to bring the grim situation of the heart of Chandigarh to the forefront. All must come forward and save Sukhna which not only provides scenic beauty but is a habitat to many flora and fauna, various kinds of birds and some wild animals also.

Although weed and poor rainfall are responsible for the pathetic situation of the lake, the lethargic attitude of government bodies is equally to be blamed as is evident from the facts given in the report.

We need men like Baba Balbir Singh Seechewal to start a public movement to save the Sukhna lake. The Tribune must initiate a “Save Sukhna Fund” to take care of finances which might be needed to revive the Sukhna.


Choice to marry

Sajla Chawla’s article “Think of gotra before love” (May 29) was thought provoking. Indeed, it is a matter of concern that the man and woman are not allowed to make the biggest choice of their lives — whom to marry. If society has to dictate every aspect of an individual’s life, there would be no scope for development. The issue must be reviewed with seriousness.


Enact new adoption law

The editorial “Inter-country adoptions” (June 2) has rightly emphasised that guidelines alone will not be able to secure the adopted children’s interests better. Guidelines have no binding force. They are only in the nature of recommendations. The new guidelines may be helpful in ameliorating the plight of adopted children but not the same way as a new law would.

The Guardian and Wards Act was enacted in the year 1890 when rights of Indians were subservient to the interests of British. Much water has flown since then. Social conditions, lifestyle behaviour and needs of children have undergone a sea change in the last century.

Satellite technology, aircraft and other modes of communication have made the entire world a village. The outdated GAWA ought to have been replaced as it affects the vital rights and interests of thousands of children in the country.

Increase in trafficking of children abroad is often being highlighted by the media from time to time. Law has to ensure that citizenship of the country to which adoptive parents belong, be conferred to such children. An agency ought to be created which should monitor the well-being of the adopted child till he or she attains majority. The law cannot afford to remain silent. It has to mould and change itself as per the needs of society. It is time the Centre passes an appropriate legislation.

AJAY K JINDAL, via e-mail



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